Leave A Light On

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released September 7, 2016

Written by: Nari & AshÉ
Vocals performed by: Nari & AshÉ
Music composed by: Charles Collymore
Engineered by: Josh Bowman

PHATBACK members on this project:

Emcee: Nari
Vocalist/Singer: AshÉ
Guitar: Ben Healey
Drums: Dave Patel
Keyboard: Joel Visentin
Bass: Charles Collymore

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PHATBACK Toronto, Ontario

6 piece live Hip Hop/Soul/Funk crew based out of Toronto, rockin mics, stages & minds.
Nari, Emcee
AshÉ, Songstress
Charles C. on Bass
Ben H. on Guitar
Julian C. on Drums
Dean A. on Keys

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Track Name: Light On
Leave a light on for me, yeah,
Leave a light on for me, yeah,
Leave a light on for me, yeah,
Leave a light on for me, yeah…

Verse 1: (Nari)
Cold city your lights pretty, you never sleep
Cold city, your life gritty, you never leap
I disappear, like I ain’t a part of it,
There can be no heart in it, what’s a heart without a beat
Beat, beat
Beat, like a life line, life like the past 9,
9 like the bullet that struck my brother,
So I pray for him one time,
So I pray for them all time,
Then I push off, and push on,
Hustle never stop coz I’m charged like protons,
Positively prone to condone phenomenons,
Definitely prone to dethrone the last con
City side-eye, too low to high brow,
So I cast mine, too high to stand down

Chorus: (Ashe)
Leave a light on for me, till I find what I need
Just a leave a light in for me, in case I…
Leave a light on for me, in case I don’t find peace
Just a leave a light on for me, in case I…

Verse 2 (Nari)
See I, I make a haste, time I don’t waste,
The ones who talk snitch, all ride the rat race,
They step to save face, I walk the 10 pace
I shoot from the lip, not hip, it’s quick grace
Never fade to black, no stars to light ways
Only street lights, console the dark days,
All made up, night shifts and night daze,
Lookin different woke up with eyes glazed,
Sometimes, the city, yes she lie to me,
I try to solve the puzzle of catastrophe
Not that she deserve to be reserve with me
I gave her all my love, so I’m obliged to be
Humble even when I rumble, trouble always find me
Stumble through the bustle, coz I’m leading blindly
Simply stated, hungry, some don’t feed you kindly
So I fill my pots and cups and portion wisely

Chorus (Ashe)
Leave a light on for me, till I find what I need
Just a leave a light in for me, in case I…
Leave a light on for me, in case I don’t find peace
Just a leave a light on for me, in case I…

Verse 3 (Nari)
Cold city your lights pretty, you never sleep
Cold city, your life gritty, you never leap
I disappear, like I ain’t a part of it,
There can be no heart in it, what’s a heart without a beat
Beat, beat
Beat, like a life line, life like the past 9,
9 like the bullet that struck my brother,
So I pray for him one time,
So I pray for them all time,
Then I push off, and push on,
The hustle never stop coz I’m charged like protons,
Positively prone to condone phenomenons,
Definitely prone to dethrone the last con
City side-eye, too low to high brow,
So I cast mine, too high to stand down

Chorus (Ashe)
Leave a light on for me, till I find what I need
Just a leave a light in for me, in case I…
Leave a light on for me, in case I don’t find peace
Just a leave a light on for me, in case I…

(add lib)
Cairo , leave a light on for me yeah
Toronto, leave light on for me yeah
East Side leave light on for me yeah
West Side leave light on for me yeah
North Side leave light on for me yeah
South Side leave light on for me yeah
World Wide leave light on for me yeah
Track Name: The Choice is Yours
(Verse1)
Who told you, you gotta sit back down when you wanna rise
Look em in the eyes, say
Who told who, you gotta compromise on a dream that lies in a child’s eyes
Now, there go another beaten soul in the trench
There go another VP on the bench
Too often been mean teeth on the clench
Now new soften breathe in thirst I can quench
Leave a soul drenched or leave a heart wrenched
Should I trust the water bearer though I can sense
Poison in the well, well, blame it on the wealth
Some will just ship while they drink to your health
Coz I can see the reasons you believing in the seasons
At the coldest hope is freezing change has come now let the breeze in
Relieving, seek the feeling, Skies will never cease to ceilings
Cloud often seem deceiving, Limits lead to preconceiving
Coz…

(Chorus)
If you ain’t free here no more , I say, I say move on move on
The choice is yours my friend
If fear don’t sleep here no more, don’t say you a victim no more
The choice is yours my friend
If you ain’t free here no more , I say, I say move on move on
The choice is yours my friend
If fear don’t sleep here no more, don’t say you a victim no more
The choice is yours my friend

(Verse 2)
Remember yesterday, was the worst of days
I never thought I would ever make it out
To say, if I pave the way, the asphalt I lay
Healed the blisters of my sisters, and they find a way
When you down the most
Is when you up to post
Next level of your greatness
Slash the ghost
Of the fallen past
Let masses gasp
At the magnitude of who rose from ash
On the Richter scale, I surpass the blast
Try to quantify, but I can’t be matched
In definition, I’m a course for crash
Ain’t no rendition of a “me” in class
When you learn about me I’m key to latch
Either locked in arm or armed to clash
Unleash the beast or unleash the wrath
I could light your torch if you pass it back

(Chorus)
If you ain’t free here no more , I say, I say move on move on
The choice is yours my friend
If fear don’t sleep here no more, don’t say you a victim no more
The choice is yours my friend
If you ain’t free here no more , I say, I say move on move on
The choice is yours my friend
If fear don’t sleep here no more, don’t say you a victim no more
The choice is yours my friend
(repeat)
If you ain’t free here no more , I say, I say move on move on
The choice is yours my friend
If fear don’t sleep here no more, don’t say you a victim no more
The choice is yours my friend
If you ain’t free here no more , I say, I say move on move on
The choice is yours my friend
If fear don’t sleep here no more, don’t say you a victim no more
The choice is yours my friend

(Verse 3-build up)
I used to see you elated like you could lift up a nation
Was it self consciousness or over compensation?
No I won’t judge you I’m patient
But I’m scared coz you fading
I got this morphine for pain and I’m hurting for you debating
Should I heal you with words I’m dictating?
Time will pass true, I’m waiting
You ain’t the type that need saving
Head up no hesitation
Unleash the beast they been raving
No myth but legend they facing
No myth but legend they facing
No myth BUT…
Monster looking down at the barrel of your gun
You wanna take a shot, but you never aimed none
Risen like a Phoenix, and I’m blocking out the sun
Seeing how the darkness sharpen hearing some
Relying too much on the visions of a “One”
So they refuse to choose their own run
I don’t take shelter when I see the rain come
I let my skin remember I’m the clay the earth spun
Track Name: Spare Sense
(Verse1)
Make money, take money
Stake money, rape money
Fake money, ache
Don’t want it but I need it money
Old money new money
Sold money, fold money
Bold money, rolled
Green but all I got is blue money
Walk money, talk money
Thought we bought love it with it we would be above it real funny,
Simple man plan money, shady man scan money
In the eye of every by stander like he brand money
Living large, you in charge, now who I am to check ya
Pivot on my heel when you say only got a cheque for ya
Sign dotted line, would I break my neck for ya
Put it on the line, and I might just get respect for ya
Pray your kin, don’t cash in when you check out
Better play your sin, only win when you lash out
Money ain’t a thing but when Benjamin’s the way out
Victory to history, hold the Klan & hold the clout

(Chorus)
When I put my hand out,
I ain’t asking for a dolla or hand out,
Check yourself
When I put my hand out,
I ain’t asking for a dolla or hand out,
Check yourself
If you can spare a dolla man put right there
If you can spare a dolla man put right there
But what I need is, what I need is…Change.

(Verse2)
Kick it like a kick back, stocking up on well stacked
Pretty pennies, shinny Chevy’s, ooh and a Cadillac
Whips owned by the oldest whips holding hands back
It’s a Factory, class suits and class acts
Gotta to, get to where you getting at
Gotta throw to, get the top of ladders back
Climb to the top and push me off, same stats
Say you grounded it’s the gravity your soul lack
Scared to drop, it’s a long way to the bottom see
Used to being lavish, live without the luxury
I ain’t wealthy, man, speaking monetarily
If I lost it all, know fam is open arms to me
You be crushed by weight of everything material
Can’t imagine having nothing, that’s ethereal
Who is left to suffer, we the other in the serial
Cycle of the have-nots halves of the imperial

(Chorus)
When I put my hand out,
I ain’t asking for a dolla or hand out,
Check yourself
When I put my hand out,
I ain’t asking for a dolla or hand out,
Check yourself
If you can spare a dolla man put right there
If you can spare a dolla man put right there
But what I need is, what I need is…Change.

(flourishes)

(Verse 3)
Livin for a dolla screaming life is priceless
If time is money and we broke are we timeless?
How does war of the sake of peace write less
Check the history, tell me do you fight less?
Captivated by Freedom’s ideology
Only win when you live without apology
I’m sorry only if I ever let the knowledge be
Lost in the mind of the rhymes of the poetry
Livin for a dolla screaming life is priceless
If time is money and we broke are we timeless?
How does war of the sake of peace write less
Check the history, tell me do you fight less?
Captivated by Freedom’s ideology
Only win when you live without apology
I’m sorry only if I ever let the knowledge be
Lost in the mind of the rhymes of the poetry

(Breakdown)
Turn right give what’s left to a young one,
Turn left, lower arms and raise sons
Hands high to the sky so I raise one
You can never tell a lie to a brave one
Turn right give what’s left to a young one,
Turn left, lower arms and raise sons
Hands high to the sky so I raise one
You can never tell a lie to a brave one
(beat end)
You can never tell lie to a brave one
Track Name: Ooli
(Verse 1)
Ooli ooli ooli, yes I heard you fool now spit it out
Struggling with truth and you frozen like you cotton mouth
Take a sip of this, coz I heard you like to live it out
Did I really do that last night, shit you gappin out
I’m done heard all excuses
Let em hang in these nooses
Blinded by the lime light coz you live in illusions,
Analyzing equations never finding conclusions?
Threw my conciseness deuces, fuck this shit is abusive
See I constantly do this,
See I’m counting who looses
I deflected so hard givin myself endless bruises
Words weigh heavy teaching mind to correct time
Truth stays heavy stolen time in a white lie
No use in poetry, don’t follow the metaphor
Talking less fighting more, duckin through the back door
I been losing battles but this time I’ma win the war,
You ain’t who you used to be, so what the hell you crying for,
Make the bed, lie in it, that’s the bet you risk it all
Make the bed, and die in it, that’s the act I’m falling for,
Fool’s game, stand-off, giving all I did before,
Close the book and rip the page, this chapter I ain’t reading more

(Chorus)
If I lose you will find myself again
If I, lose you will I, find myself
If I lose you will find myself again
If I, lose you will I, find myself

(Verse2)
Yes I heard you twice, now spit it out
One too many times, that I actually forgot about
I’d be a fool twice, three times, over love
Sade came on that night saying I’m a soldier of
Still alive, tell it all, asking me about the scars
I survive, told em all, aftermath is never far
Slow dance, last song, devil dance too long
Kiss from a rose, to a bond that was life long
Bed beautiful, thorns didn’t feel right
Like clippin wings off of angels out in mid-flight
Guess I was sleepin, wine n dinin with the monsters
Blinded and divided, came, saw and they conquered,
Never knew better, word is bond to the letter,
Broken to the last verb, tie, cut, sever,
Sink or swim I choose to drown, don’t need you to save me,
No regrets, wisdom now, learn and set the spirit free

(Chorus)
If I lose you will find myself again
If I, lose you will I, find myself again
If I lose you will find myself again
If I, lose you will I, find myself again

(Verse 3)
Make the bed, lie in it,
that’s the bet you risk it all
Make the bed, die in it
that’s the act I’m falling for,
Make the bed, lie in it,
that’s the bet you risk it all
Make the bed, die in it
that’s the act I’m falling for,

Make the bed -----*drum crash*
That’s the bet you risk it all
Make the ---------- *drum crash*
That’s the act I’m falling for
Make the bed -----*drum crash*
That’s the bet you risk it all
Make the ---------- *drum crash*
That’s the act I’m falling for

(Add lib)
It takes one to lie, and one to believe,
It takes one to lie, and one to believe,
It takes one to lie, and one to believe,
It takes one to lie, and two to deceive,
Track Name: Forward Moving Nation
Verse 1
I been running round in circles like I’m infinite,
I been frotin in circles in my definite
Line of view, friends I never knew, knew I never did,
Nothing but give loving even if I wasn’t getting it,
Harsh in my ways sometimes, to hide the delicate,
Nature of my soul that folds to hold the negative,
Looking for the positive, hard with all the politics,
To be the magnetism, you got to be in charge in it
In my niece’s eyes, thinking how she seeing it
Promise of a free world, hold her up and captive in,
Good feels, will she ever question all the real in it
Looking for utopia hopin we might land in it,
In the meantime, I need time to feel time stop for a minute
To catch up to my mind,
Need time to take knives out of my spine
But I survive like city vines growing through the fine lines

Chorus:
We're a part of everything
Positivity to light. Just to breathe and let it go, can't deny the elevation.
When we rained down from the source creators manifesting life. Stars filled up with heavens flame. Can't deny the elevation.
In this forward moving nation reach our final destination.
In this forward moving nation be the light.
Verse 2
Stranger in a strange world, Love to be anonymous
Graze shoulder blades & skate through the obvious
By passers, standing by to bypass acknowledgement
Avoiding one another, coz it’s hard to do the opposite?
One brush painted all of us,
Now I don’t trust, canvases and billboards,
Telling us what we should lust
Feelin sick, this rhetoric of just like you and equal shit
Keep em from complaining, all complacent that’s the deficit
Man this is old news, tell it to the delicate
Some of ya’ll blank staring like I’m speaking Arabic
You want the power take it takes power to power nations
The people should be regal not the government, misgovernment
The people should be regal not punishment, the punishment
Of governing yourself, in control of your health,
Breaking down the pyramid and sharing all the wealth
Don’t let em sell yourself, take yourself of the shelf



Chorus:
We're a part of everything
Positivity to light, Just to breathe and let it go, can't deny the elevation.
When we rained down from the source creators manifesting life. Stars filled up with heavens flame. Can't deny the elevation.
In this forward moving nation reach our final destination.
In this forward moving nation be the light.
Verse 3:
I’m the grass in the cracks on the pavement,
I’m the underground beat in a basement,
I’m the parallel to everything adjacent,
I’m the right word looking for a placement,
I’m the last tear coming down a sad face,
I’m the last breath never let a lung waste,
Lost planet looking for my own space,
I’m the downhill ride of a car chase,
I’m the fist in the air when they stand down
I’m the last train leaving out my home town
I’m the new tide burying the old ground
I’m the last stolen gem on her gold crown
I’m the last child living in a war zone
I’m the last bullet pushing through a backbone
I’m the last foreign land to be called home
I’m the last paper trail to a new throne
World citizen, risen, written in
Crimson prison I don’t care for dividends
World citizen, risen, written in
Crimson prison I don’t care for dividends
World citizen, risen, written in
Crimson prison I don’t care for dividends
I’m a world citizen RISEN.